Pumpkin Nut Granola

This granola has a warm spiced flavor that blends with pumpkin and is sprinkled with almonds and walnuts. It’s crunchy, delicious, and filling while still low in fat.

Pumpkin Nut Granola

Makes 4 cups

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 2 cups crushed rice cereal (like Rice Chex)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp sugar/sweetener
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, separated
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line baking sheet with sides with parchment paper.

Combine rolled oats, rice cereal, walnuts, and almonds in a large bowl. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt and mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until dry mix is evenly coated.

Spread granola onto baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, removing from oven every 10 minutes or so to lightly toss for even baking. Remove and allow to cool completely; granola will crisp up more as it cools.

Apple Cinnamon Granola

This granola is sweet with a warm cinnamon flavor and is low in fat because it uses applesauce to create clumps instead of the usual butter or oil. It’s great as a snack on its own or as a crunchy yogurt topping.

Apple Cinnamon Granola

Makes about 4 3/4 cups (164 calories per half cup serving)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups rice cereal squares, crushed
  • 1/4 cup almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 tbsp sugar/sweetener

Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a baking sheet with sides with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine oats, rice cereal, almonds, and dried cranberries in a bowl. Add 1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix.

In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, almond extract, sugar/sweetener, and remaining teaspoon of cinnamon. Add maple syrup.

Drizzle wet mixture over dry mixture and mix until evenly coated. Spread granola onto baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes or so, until lightly toasted. Granola will crisp up more as it cools.